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January 7, 2018

Wild Kingdom

by N@ncy

Twitter: @burns_nancy

  • Author: S. Moss
  • Title: Wild Kingdom
  • Published: 2016
  • Trivia: Short list The Wainwright Prize 2017
  • Trivia: pg 280 S. Moss cites that the Netherlands (my country!)
  • …as a prime example of creating a habitat of 22 sq miles
  • to bring back lost wildlife !!
  • “Oostvaardersplassen” near Lelystad, the Netherlands.
  • Ecologist Frans Vera wants the 56 square kilometres of
  • nature reserve to be made a Unesco world heritage site.



  1. Stephen Moss travels the length and breadth of the UK.
  2. He wants to  witness at first-hand how our wild creatures are faring and
  3. …ask how we can bring back Britain’s wildlife.



Moss writes about the house sparrows….and I just look outside my window and see some familiar friends. I started in September to feed the birds. Well, those sparrows  as Moss said  are social but also fussy!

  1. I moved the birdseed silo…and only saw 10 ‘angry birds’ sitting on my hedge.
  2. I bought some blueberries ($$) especially for the sparrows… they did not eat them
  3. I bought a bird feeding table…would not go near it.
  4. I finally wedged the little table into the hedge….then they were satisfied.
  5. There is no pleasing sparrows!
  6. But anyone who has watched the behavior of birds
  7. like me from my front room window knows
  8. …that doing so is good for the soul.

Strong point:  the descriptions of the wildlife, hares sprinting, roes popping their heads up, bumblebees floating  over the hedgerow. I just let my mind wander throughout the English countryside with S. Moss.

Strong point: the book made me curious and ask questions what the state of wildlife is here in The Netherlands? I just never took the time to investigate our situation.

Strong point: Moss does mention the silence in the fields. Now, I used to set the clock when the  blackbirds started chirping late in the afternoon. What is more relaxing than the chirping of birds? But now I only hear silence.

The Usutu virus has recently been detected for the first time in the Netherlands. The virus has been detected in captive great grey owls (Strix nebulosa) as well as in wild, dead and living, common blackbirds (Turdus merula)

Now I have to listen to blackbirds (Turdus merula) via You Tube….how sad is that?  Just listen….

Strong point: The only way to really enjoy this book is reading it and regularly looking at the the birds and other animals with Google images! This foto of a dragonfly took my breath away…just look at that delicate latice work in the wings!

Their four gossamer wings move independently of one another, giving them the ability to fly forward, backward, and sideways, or to just hover in place. Bead-like eyes provide 360–degree stereovision, allowing them the ability to spot insects in any direction without turning or moving their heads. (In fact, dragonflies have the biggest eyes in the insect world.)

The colors of the king-fisher are breathtaking!


Last thoughts:

  1. I really enjoyed this book because it made me aware of the
  2. wildlife…..that is disappearing.
  3. wildlife…..that I don’t take the time to appreciate!
  4. Walking along the fields I stop and stare at a hare hopping along or
  5. …watch a coot family with their chicks in our canals.
  6. If you like birds and treeslook up
  7. …if you like plants and insectslook down!
  8. But whatever you like…
  9. relax, meditate and #TakeAWalk  in the countryside!


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